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The Dawn of Sound: How Movies Learned to Talk (2007)

The nearly 30-year struggle to bring sound to motion pictures is the backdrop for this insightful documentary. Film historians, and survivors from the era take the audience from the early ... See full summary »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Hunt ...
Narrator (voice)
Ron Hutchinson ...
Himself - The Vitaphone Proyect
Scott Eyman ...
Himself - Author 'The Speed of Sound'
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Himself - Film Historian / Author
Jack Stanley ...
Himself - Thomas Edison Menlo Park Museum
Robert Gitt ...
Himself - UCLA Film & Television Archive
Emily Thompson ...
Herself - Professor of History, Princeton University
Jonathan Kuntz ...
Himself - UCLA Film Historian
Jack Warner Jr. ...
Himself - Son of Jack L. Warner (archive footage)
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Himself - Producer, Paramount Pictures
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Himself - Sound Designer / Director (as Ben Burtt)
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Himself - Film Critic / Historian
Eileen McHugh ...
Herself - Director, Case Research Lab Museum
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Himself - Band Leader, 'Vince Giordano's Nighthawks'
Thelma White ...
Herself (archive footage)
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The nearly 30-year struggle to bring sound to motion pictures is the backdrop for this insightful documentary. Film historians, and survivors from the era take the audience from the early failed attempts by scientists and inventors, to the joined forces of Western Electric and Warner Bros. who, with their Vitaphone process,revolutionized the entertainment industry, perhaps more than any time before or since. Written by Anonymous

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entertaining and informative documentary
11 January 2008 | by (london) – See all my reviews

This is one of the extras as part of the 80th anniversary edition of the 1927 Jazz Singer.This is a combination of recent interviews and archive footage which explains in clear detail the evolution of sound in the cinema.It gives credit where credit is due.Although i would not agree with the comments of the curator of the Thomas Edison museum.He made out that Edison invented everything.After all every country has its claimant to the invention of the motion picture.This is ideal not just for viewers who are interested in the subject but people like myself who have made a detailed study of the introduction of sound.So it was well worth a viewing be it on DVD or TCM


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